After the SOPA protests, what is our message to returning Canadian politicians?

The protests in the USA over SOPA seem to have got the attention of the US politicians. While I don't think the war against these harmful job-killing legislative proposals are over, it is good to see a few won battles. Canadians federal MPs are returning to the House of Commons on January 30'th, and it is expected that Bill C-11 will go to committee soon. We need to ensure that Canadian MPs don't remain oblivious to the harm contained in these proposals, including the harm to Canadian creators. While there are various avenues to voice our opposition, petition signing may be the most effective for the time spent.

I'm not thinking of online petitions, but petitions that follow the House of Commons Procedure and Practices for petitions. These are tabled in the House of Commons by MPs, and require a response from the government. It may not be the response we would like, but given these petitions follow official channels they are far harder to ignore than online petitions or other ways to show our opposition.

There are 3 petitions hosted by Digital Copyright Canada I want to hilight. If you agree with all three, please sign all three: this will be far more effective than only signing one. We are keeping counts of petition signatures, and larger numbers will greatly improve our impact.


Petition for Users Rights
This petition focuses on the need for consultations, protect fair dealings, not extend the term of copyright, and protect the right of computer owners to make their own software choices. We have received responses from the previous Liberal government, and a few responses from the Conservative government. Discussing these general issues may be timely given not only Bill C-11, but the Trans-Pacific Partnership which has proposals opposed to each of the areas discussed in this petition.
Petition to protect Information Technology property rights
This petition focuses on what is by far the most controversial aspect of the USA's DMCA and Bill C-11: technological protection measures. It speaks of the 2 digital locks (one on content, one on devices) and the harm to owners from these abuses of technology. Many politicians and nearly all proponents of these laws are unaware of how real-world TPMs work, what the locks are applied to, and who owns what is locked. This petition is key to offering the most basic understanding necessary to differentiate science from science-fiction.
Petition opposing ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement)
This petition focuses on ACTA, and the fact that much of what is proposed within it isn't about counterfeiting. The negotiations have largely been secret, and proponents have been dishonest about the origins and contents of the treaty: with deception about contents and origins forming part of the dictionary definition of counterfeiting.

I hope people will consider signing these petitions, and organizing to have all their friends, family, acquaintances and anyone else they can sign them as well. If we had tens or hundreds of thousands of petition signatures tabled in the house, politicians would take notice and recognize the critical flaws in the policies they have thus far been blindly supporting.

Please contact me to coordinate efforts, if you want to do more than send me signatures in the mail.

Special note to fellow creators!

If you are a fellow creator (I am a software author), please take the extra time to speak to fellow creators. There are many misinformation about these proposals, and many creators falsely believe passage of these laws will reduce copyright infringement and increase their revenues. Nothing can be further from the truth, and the harmful policies we are highlighting with these petitions will only increase infringing activity, decrease respect for copyright, and decrease revenues for creators. Likely the worst proposal for creators is the legal protection for technological measures which will transfer control over the creative process from creators to specific manufacturers of information technology. The more creators and other copyright holders learn about these proposals, the harder it will be for the proponents of these policies to abuse confusion by creators to push policies which are harmful to our interests.